NARTH (National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) :
PFOX (Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) :
Restored Hope Network (RHN):
Self-Acceptance, Self-esteem, Positive Identity – including the release of shame and a positive body image
Sexual Sobriety – Abstinence from homosexual “acting out” including porn and fantasy
These four areas of growth form the acronym “M.A.N.S.”
This is indeed a MAN’S journey.
Nurturing support for processing Core Emotions in healthy and assertive ways that lead to growth and healing. This includes while Facing fear, Processing anger, Grieving and Releasing the past, and Experiencing and sharing Joy.
Internal sense of masculinity – Includes masculinizing actions, personal power, assertiveness, confidence, boundaries, physical exertion, being a “grown up”
Meaningful male connection – Includes groups, peer friendships, mentoring relationships. Healthy boundaries, healthy secure attachment.
Discovering, living a higher life purpose for Christ.
Developing one’s vocation and life mission. Leading and growing ourselves and others.
Surrendering our lives and will to God.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
- Psalm 139:13-14
Reprocessing Same-Sex Attractions – finding the real core needs that can and MUST be met in healthy, chaste, and platonic relationships with boundaries that respect ourselves and others as complete men.
"It feels great to know and genuinely feel deep inside that I'm a man among men."
"For me, support from other men is crucial.
I know these men get me and understand."
"I know I still have work to do, but IT'S WORTH IT!!!"
"Joel 2:25 has had a TREMENDOUS impact on my life in the short time I've been a part of it. I've finally been experiencing some of the affection I've longed for but for so long didn't think would ever be satisfied because the only way I thought I could satisfy that was through a gay lifestyle."
Living our True self (vs. false self) – Being “real.” Showing our authentic self to others. Breaking through counter emotions and defense mechanisms.
Same-sex relational healing
Feeling our feelings – Healthy grief, healthy anger, releasing buried pain – may first require processing and eliminating or at least identifying Shame and other counter emotions.
No human being has a perfect answer to make everything easy and simple. There are three very important questions though that we all choose to answer not just with Same-Sex Attraction, but with everything else in our lives:
- Do I TRUST that God has a detailed plan and purpose for my life?
- Am I OPEN to hearing what that is, even if it's not what I currently
want it be?
- Am I willing to SURRENDER my own will, identity, and plans to accept His will for me?
Conscious or not, we choose to answer these every single day. These are very tough questions. If you think these are easy, then read them again.
If you might be willing to answer "Yes" to all three (even for just one day), please pray with us right now:
I surrender to you today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. I say, “Yes” to you today. I open all the secret places of my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” Jesus, you are the Lord of my whole life. I believe in you and receive you as my Lord and Savior. I hold nothing back.
Holy Spirit, bring me to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ. I surrender all to you: my will, my plans for the future, my relationships, my work, successes and failures. I release it and let it go because I trust that YOU have plans for me - plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future.
I surrender my understanding of how things ‘ought’ to be, my choices and my will. I surrender to you the promises I have kept and the promises I have failed to keep. I surrender my weaknesses and strengths to you. I surrender my emotions, my fears, my insecurities, my sexuality. I especially surrender _________ (Here mention other areas of surrender as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you.) Lord, I surrender my whole life to you, the past, the present, and the future. In sickness and in health, in life and in death, I belong to you.
For many of us, the following have coincided with our choice to Surrender:
"You snatched me from death. Now I walk among the living."
Seeking out and cultivating a Support Network
Healthy beliefs – surrendering our attachments to harmful beliefs, self-defeating thoughts, resistance to reality.
Forgiveness – including self-forgiveness and surrendering our resentments
"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."
- 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Opposite-sex relational healing
Receiving and Giving Affirmation and Acceptance
Developing our own support networks outside of the group in our churches, workplaces, and communities.
Healthy attachment, boundaries, and authentic connection.
Relating to other men and to women from a strong masculine foundation
Healthy boundaries, healthy secure attachment. Experiencing and enjoying the differences
Joel 2:25 Groups meet in-person and online to support and challenge each other to continuous growth in four key areas:
Re-Engaging the gendered world with confidence and boldness
Joel 2:25 International, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Texas on November 26, 2013 and is a
non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
All donations to Joel 2:25 International, Inc. are tax deductible.
Joel 2:25 International, Inc.
P.O. Box 118453
Carrollton, Texas 75011, USA
Working with over 700 men and women across 104 countries, we are working to provide translations of as many resources as possible
to help those with SSA of every language. Here are the resources we have currently translated as well as information on the small
group video-conferences we have in these languages each week.
ALL participants are required to sign this form before gaining access to a Joel 2:25 video-conference, forum, or meeting: